PHCC opens Al Sadd Health Centre that will cater to 35,000 patients
Qatar has one of the best healthcare systems anywhere in the world. Equipped with the latest machinery and most experienced doctors, it provides heavily subsidised healthcare to its citizens.
Qatar’s Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) added another facility to its rapidly expanding network by opening the Al Sadd Health Centre, which aims to cater to around 35,000 people in neighbouring areas, on Monday. The centre will work from 7am to 11pm every day while urgent care for adults and children will be available round the clock.
ساعات عمل مركز السد الصحي— مؤسسة الرعاية الصحية الأولية (@PHCCqatar) March 13, 2023
Working hours of Al Sadd Health Center pic.twitter.com/duGXzslmLr
Qatar’s Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, who inaugurated the facility, also made a tour of the Centre, observing the facilities and its functioning. PHCC Managing Director Dr Mariam Alabdulmalik and several other senior officials attended the opening ceremony.
Minister of Health Inaugurates New Al Sadd Health Center #QNAhttps://t.co/Sz1r02aKkG pic.twitter.com/6xltx2DP1J— Qatar News Agency (@QNAEnglish) March 13, 2023
With the opening of the Al Sadd facility, the number of health centres in the country affiliated to PHCC reached 31.
The Al Sadd Health Centre is located in a strategic location in the heart of Doha. Patient registrations will be carried out according to their approved national addresses. It will have 14 specialised clinics operating within its premises.
#Ashghal: Al Sadd Health Center distinguishes itself from the rest by providing 14 specialize clinics. pic.twitter.com/ds7te13LkP— هيئة الأشغال العامة (@AshghalQatar) March 13, 2023
Qatar’s public works department Ashghal, in a tweet, said the Al Sadd facility was the biggest of its kind in the country.
“#Ashghal, Building Projects Department, has completed Al Sadd Health Center in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health within the health sector development plan, to be the biggest health centre in #Qatar consisting of 68 clinics to serve 1,572 visitors daily.”
#Ashghal, Building Projects Department, has completed Al Sadd Health Center in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health within the health sector development plan, to be the biggest health centre in #Qatar consisting of 68 clinics to serve 1,572 visitors daily. pic.twitter.com/2Yc0EUV5Nm— هيئة الأشغال العامة (@AshghalQatar) March 13, 2023
Ashghal’s Eng. Asma Al Maslamani shed more light about the building area of the facility, number of clinics and parking lots.
Eng. Asma Al-Maslamani from Building Projects Department stated that Al Sadd Health Center extends over a building area of about 29,000 meters, where the center consists of a three-floor main building that includes 68 clinics, while providing 345 car parking lots.— هيئة الأشغال العامة (@AshghalQatar) March 13, 2023
“We’re opening more primary health care centres in different regions of the country to ensure all residents have access to high-quality and integrated health services at the right time and place. Primary health care services have now become more focused on healthy lifestyles and disease prevention, and seek to promote public health. The health sector plans to shift care from a curative, hospital-based model to an enhanced one that provides preventive and health services in the community,” said the health minister.
“While we’re focused on establishing new centres, we’re also working on maintaining, expanding and developing some of the existing ones that are witnessing a high turnout of patients, especially those that serve densely populated areas,” said Dr Mariam Abdulmalik.
The capacity of Al Sadd Health Centre can eventually be increased to 50,000 patients to serve the residents of neighboring areas including Al Mirqab Al Jadeed, Fereej Bin Mahmoud, Al Messila, Fereej Bin Omran, Al Hitmi Al Jadeed, and Hamad Medical City.
The new centre will have family medicine clinics, pregnancy and postpartum follow-up, healthy child services, periodic and travel immunisations, annual health examination, adolescent health, premarital examination, dental, ear, nose and throat, dermatology, ophthalmology, optometry, maternal and child health consultations, nutritionist, social worker, health education, physiotherapy, minor surgery, urgent care services for the elderly and children, and mental health services.
Earlier, the PHCC had made its intentions clear about further expanding the reach of the country's primary health centres. Just three months back, former Qatari Prime Minister HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani had inaugurated the Al Meshaf Health Center in the Al Meshaf district in Al Wakrah.
The PHCC has also been reinventing itself in recent times. It recently introduced the 'its My Health Patient Portal' website, which allows patients to request medical records from the corporation's 28 health centres online.
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This is good news. But we should think about it. Why we need all these huge Health Center? What wrong with humans? why we are getting so much of sick and diseases?